23 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka
(24h) 03 443 0710

Diabetes Management

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Diabetes is defined by the body’s inability to control blood glucose. Diabetes is a chronic condition, which can cause kidney failure, eye disease, foot ulceration and a higher risk of heart disease if not well managed.

Nurse Leigh Cashen is our specialist diabetes nurse with a post graduate paper in Advanced Diabetes Nursing. She is able to provide education and support to those newly diagnosed with type one or two diabetes. This role includes support in managing blood sugars and insulin titration.

Anyone with diabetes is entitled to a free annual review to screen for the risk of developing diabetes complications and the provision of ongoing education. Leigh works closely with the diabetes nurse specialist from Dunstan Hospital who visits Wanaka to support more complex patients and children.

Leigh is also happy to talk to those at risk of developing type two diabetes and support them to make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk.

Ros Nelson

Ros graduated from Auckland Institute of Technology in 1991. Ros started at Wanaka Medical in 2011.  She is PRIME trained,…

Lizzie Burdon

Lizzie trained at the Christchurch School of Nursing, qualifying in 1985. She started work at Wanaka Medical in 2013. Lizzie…

Dr Julian Pettit (Director)

Julian graduated from the University of Otago in 1996 and joined Wanaka Medical in 2004. He has his fellowship in…